Downstream Oil Protocol

The Downstream Oil Protocol of the United Kingdom allows the government to temporarily exempt the fuel industry from the Competition Act, 1998. This is imposed to improve coordination among all stakeholders and minimize fuel disruption as much as possible. This measure will ease sharing of information and prioritize the delivery of fuel to parts of the UK at strategic locations.
The UK recently imposed the Downstream Oil Protocol. The decision comes in the backdrop of fuel crisis in the United Kingdom. This is attributed to the post-Brexit shortage of lorry drivers and the COVID-19 pandemic, which have disrupted the supply chain and created shortage in everything from food to fuel.

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